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Pikes Peak Community College: Academics, Admissions & Tuition Info

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About Pikes Peak Community College

Founded in 1969 as El Paso Community College, the now-renamed Pikes Peak Community College has grown from a single small campus to Colorado Springs' largest postsecondary institution. A 2-year, public college, the school now has several campuses spread across the Colorado Springs area and also offers classes at military sites in the region. Among its campuses, the college is staffed with more than 170 full-time faculty members and over 680 part-time faculty members, it also maintains a 22:1 student-to-faculty ratio (as of 2011).


Pikes Peak Community College (PPCC) offers over 150 programs of study in liberal arts and science fields and technical and career training areas. These programs may result in certificates or associate's degree. Some of the certificate programs are designed to be completed in less than one year, while others may take 1-2 years to complete. The most popular courses of study for each of these degree and certificate levels include nursing, criminal justice, and liberal arts and sciences.

Pikes Peak Community College maintains a nationally accredited center for child development, as well as a new natural resource technology program. Special learning opportunities for students include weekend and evening classes and a growing eLearning program based through two servers, PPCC Connect Online and CCC Online. The school also offers televised courses for distance learners.


The open admissions policy at Pikes Peak Community College leaves students free to apply at any point before the semester in which they would like to begin their enrollment. An online application for general admission is available to all prospective students, and applicants are not required to submit ACT or SAT test scores (if students do not provide test scores, they will be required to take a placement assessment test to determine where to start their course of study). PPCC accepts AP test scores for college credit, as well as some CLEP test scores.

The student body population is made up almost entirely of Colorado residents, with only two percent coming from out-of-state locations. In terms of attendance, 60% of enrolled students attend on a part-time basis, and 58% of all students are female. The ethnic makeup of the population is 59% white, 12% Hispanic, 8% African American, and 12% unknown.

Tuition & Financial Aid

The estimated cost per academic year for a student paying in-state tuition at Pikes Peak Community College was $6,584 in 2011. The same estimate for a student paying out-of-state tuition is $15,412. Books and supplies cost an estimated $1,749 extra.

Tuition payment plans are available for students as an alternative to paying tuition in full at the beginning of each term, and although the college doesn't offer merit scholarships, it is connected to the College Opportunity Fund and recommends that all students apply to the fund after submitting their application for admission.

School Type 2-year, public*
Degrees Offered Certificates
Associate's degrees*
Religious Affiliation None*
Academic Calendar Semester**
School Setting Suburb, large*
Student Body 14,725 undergraduates in 2011*
Student Housing None*
Programs 150 programs in 17 departments**
Student-Faculty Ratio 22:1*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level in 2011(Number of Recipients) Less than one year certificate: registered nursing (401)
Less than two years certificate: criminal justice/political science (46)
Associate's degree: liberal arts and sciences (346)*
Undergraduate Graduation Rates 21% for students who began their studies in fall 2008*
Entering Class Size 3,634 in 2011*
First-Year Retention Rates In 2010-2011: 57% for full-time students, 37% for part-time students*
Average SAT and ACT Score of Admitted Students Not required**
Application Due Date Open admission, application due prior to semester student wishes to enroll**
Tuition (2011-2012) CO residents: $6,584
Out-of-state: $15,412*
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) In 2010-2011: federal grants (48%), state and local grants (48%), institutional grants or scholarships (7%), federal student loans (39%)*
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 44% in 2010*

Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics, **Pikes Peak Community College.

School Contact Information

  • Address: 5675 S. Academy Blvd., Colorado Springs, CO 80906
  • Phone: (719) 540-7722 or (866) 411-7722
  • Website: www.ppcc.edu

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